MANILA – PBA chairman Ricky Vargas sees no problem of local Filipino players signing up to play basketball abroad following the top collegiate basketball star Thirdy Ravena’s decision to skip the PBA draft and play in the Japan B-League. PBA chairman Ricky Vargas in a virtual forum said it’s up to the players if they want to join a league in foreign countries despite enticing offers from PBA. According to

Basketball patron Danding Cojuangco dies

MANILA – San Miguel Corporation Chairman and CEO Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. died on Tuesday night. He turned 85 last June 10. His family confirmed his passing at 10:45 PM due to pneumonia and heart attack. They will be holding a private wake following his immediate cremation due to current quarantine restrictions. Cojuangco was a known basketball patron to his alma mater De La Salle University and currently holds three

Tab Baldwin apologizes

MANILA – Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and Former Philippine Team head coach Tab Baldwin apologized on Monday for the unfiltered remarks that he made regarding the league and its coaches last weekend. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) said in a statement that Tab Baldwin was apologetic and claimed that his comments were taken out of context. Baldwin issued his apology in a video conference meeting yesterday and was

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Veteran point guard Chris Banchero wasn’t there for Alaska’s game against NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Governors ‘ Cup, Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Banchero is at the forefront of the market gossip, with the point guard bound for the Magnolia Hotshots. The two players that Alaska was supposed to play in exchange for Banchero, Robbie Herndon, and Rodney Brondial, were also missing. Nevertheless, the PBA has yet to sanction


TNT veteran Jayson Castro was unruffled after Wednesday’s failure of the KaTropa to complete a come-from-behind win against San Miguel in Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals. In the first half, TNT worked their way back from a 17-point deficit and had their chances of winning in regulation and again in the first overtime. But San Miguel produced enough plays down the stretch to hack out the


San Miguel Beer knew she wouldn’t have enough time to enjoy winning as rapidly as she completed with Rain Or Shine Friday in her semifinals series. Because on Sunday, less than 48 hours after finishing off the Elasto Painters, the Beermen have to get ready for TNT for Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at Araneta Coliseum. “In practice, we’re going to have to find it out,


Troy Rosario proves to be more than just a towering presence for TNT Katropa in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The 6-foot-7 forward has become the ideal frontcourt partner for importing Terrence Jones, particularly in the playoffs where for the Katropa Rosario emerged as a coherent force on both sides. Rosario, 27, helped the top seeded team escape the upset axis against Alaska in the quarterfinals and now holds his own

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After catching long range fire, Chris Ross placed himself in the elite business to assist San Miguel advance on the brink of reaching the finals. Ross drained a career-high 10 three-pointers as San Miguel defeated Rain or Shine, 117-105, for a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinals series at the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Mostly known for his job on the less glamorous end of the ground, the two-time Defensive

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NorthPort is on the cusp of enhancing what is already a franchise-best performance in the PBA, but coach Pido Jarencio has no time to comb through records. Jarencio and his gang can shoot for No. 1 ranking after securing the club’s first twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs when the Batang Pier clashes with Meralco to end their elimination round schedule Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. But even that difference


MANILA — Columbian Dyip heaped on hot performances from Lester Prosper and CJ Perez to stun San Miguel Beermen in overtime, 134-132, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday night. Prosper fell 40 points, while Perez added a career-high 34 for the Dyip, who prevailed in a neck-to-neck battle in the extra five minutes with the Beermen which came back from 14